McNabb Wants To Be More Patriot-Like

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb decided that he wants to the Eagles to be more like the Patriots, but he sounded off publicly, which is anything but Patriot-like from a player. "Do as I say, not as I do" appears to be McNabb's policy.

If the Eagles are serious about keeping Donovan McNabb, the 31-year-old quarterback wants them to give him a full complement of weapons to fight with next season.

For the second time in nine days, McNabb publicly urged the Eagles to go out and add some "playmakers" to both the offense and defense this offseason.

Writing in his blog on Yardbarker.com on Jan. 8, McNabb said: "You can't argue with how the Patriots went outside their locker room and stocked up on playmakers last year. It certainly helped to have Randy Moss, Donte Stallworth, Wes Welker and Adalius Thomas making plays for them all year.

"We were 8-8. There is room for improvement. This is a competitive sport. It's about putting together the best players, the best team, and giving yourself the best chance to win."

McNabb had said essentially the same thing a week earlier after the Eagles' final game against Buffalo.

"It's important that you look into the draft and you look into free agency and you try to bring in guys that will definitely help in all situations," he said then. "It's not just one position. It's one, two or three guys that can help you get over the hump. It's important now. I'm not getting any younger. It's about trying to bring in more firepower each year. It's about how can you help us now?"

McNabb's initial comments didn't go over too well with head coach Andy Reid, who cautioned that it's not a real good idea to suggest that your teammates aren't good enough.

"I know, as players, you have to be careful about saying that because those are your teammates that are being replaced," Reid said. "Most players don't get into that who really care about their teammates."

The Eagles have one of the best -- and most versatile -- running backs in the league in Brian Westbrook, who racked up a league-best 2,104 yards from scrimmage this season. The Eagles also had three different receivers -- including Westbrook -- catch more than 60 passes this season. That's the first time three Eagles have done that since 1984.

Wide receiver Kevin Curtis caught 77 passes for 1,110 yards and Reggie Brown added a career-high 61 receptions for 780 yards. But neither is considered a difference-making, No. 1-type receiver. Also, tight end L.J. Smith, who was hurt much of this season but has been a valuable weapon for McNabb in past years, will be an unrestricted free agent, and it doesn't appear that the Eagles will be re-signing him.

McNabb's relationship with Reid clearly isn't as good as it was early in his career. His comments on his blog this week seem to be a response to the coach's criticism of his initial remarks. But McNabb's spokesman, Rich Burg, said they were aimed at the media.

McNabb, on being criticized for suggesting the Eagles need to bring in playmakers: "I'm surprised that anyone would have a problem with me, or anyone else in the organization, expressing a desire to bring in more quality players.

"There is room for improvement. This is a competitive sport. It's about putting together the best players, the best team, and giving yourself the best chance to win. We didn't disrespect anyone last year when we traded for (linebacker) Takeo Spikes or signed Kevin Curtis. I don't think the Patriots were being disrespectful to Troy Brown or Reche Caldwell when they brought in Moss, Stallworth and Welker."


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